October 4, 2008 Subject:
I was one of the 80-or-so people who were listening to StillStream on the night this was performed on-air. I greatly enjoyed it. The second movement, with its glitchy rhythms and repetitive melodic layering, is my favorite. The semi-orchestral finale is also quite memorable. I still pull this performance out and listen to it on some of those quiet nights. Thank you Altus!
Reviewer:Louie Plays Drums -
September 13, 2008 Subject:
Excellent Cinematic Work.
I'm fairly new to the music of Mike Carrs (aka Altus) but what I have heard so far has been very impressive including his most recent work "Cinema Fantastique" recorded live on Stillstream Web Radio.
This 43-minute work is subtitled "Four Scenes for a Virtual Film" and rightfully so. Each of the four sections of this piece display a strong cinematic quality and are quite visual in their elements.
The opening section is a quiet ambient piece with a strong resemblance to Steve Roach. The second part is highly rhythmic with punchy sequencers and a nod to the style of early to mid-80's Tangerine Dream. The third section is similar to the ambience of the opening part but adds a subtle rhythm to enhance the atmosphere. Finally, the closing part is a majestic symphonic style overture that brings to mind a victorious finish to a motion picture. Out of the pieces four parts, this closing section is probably the most cinematic and finishes the entire suite of a high triumphant note.
Although I have liked the other pieces I have heard from Altus, "Cinema Fantastique" is probably my favorite so far. It is very well composed, orchestrated and performed. I'm very glad to have downloaded this for my collection.